Among the fancy hi-rises of Park Origin Phromphong – a favourite neighbourhood among Bangkok’s so-called ‘hi-so’ (Thai slang for super-rich) – one architect is championing natural local materials.
The 450 sq m HQ for the Vikasa yoga brand by Phuket based Enter Projects Asia features Thai hardwood, palm leaves, black slate and rattan. ‘Many craftspeople here are shutting up shop as people purchase inferior products – usually Chinese plastic – online,' says architecture firm's design director Patrick Keane.
Keane fused these traditional materials with his trademark, futuristic 3D geometries. A lit tubular feature, suspended from the ceiling, meanders above curvy benches and four free-form yoga pods. His aim is ‘to expose these products and skills to a new commercial setting.'
This also makes the space feel more natural, Keane believes. ‘These noble materials are a respite from the artificiality of urban Bangkok. When the sun shines on the surfaces, one could be in a forest. It’s a return to the source of one’s soul.' Sounds apt for a yoga venue.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Wallpaper* (W*255)
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